To show sophomores how it felt to see a sacred book destroyed, an Idaho English teacher ripped a Bible in class. Students were reading Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, set in a future society that burns all literature.
Slings and Arrows defends the teacher, who’s been disciplined in some unidentified way.
If you are a believer in Christ, Karen Christenson’s behavior should cause you absolutely no distress at all. There is nothing holy or sanctified about the compilation of leather and paper and ink that she destroyed. To believe that the book she ripped up was more than a book is to delve into idolatry.
What is sacred is the truth which that book contained. Mrs. Christenson did absolutely nothing to destroy that truth, nor the dissemination of it. She did, however, graphically display the horrid nature of censorship and how it could very possibly affect us as a civilization.
I think it was unwise of the teacher to destroy a Bible. But gutsy.